WANDERLUST: A MIDDLE EAST TOUR: OMAN, UAE, QATAR AND BAHRAIN

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So another trip I am thinking of doing is exploring the Middle East tour during our cold periods of winter in the UK. I played around on Skyscanner and found that this trip is achievable and using BA.  So this wanderlust is taking in Muscat in Oman, then onto Abu Dhabi, UAE, then to Doha in Qatar and then Bahrain. I had seen a cruise combining some of these cites but a few hours there would not be enough for me to explore. I prefer a few days in each of the city, exploring at my own pace. And I am sure I can get better flight times and maybe even cheaper flights when I book this. And with the flights being about one hour or less than. Would it better to drive ?

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This is Muscat in Oman, it sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history going back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Mirani and Jalali, looming clifftop over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with gleaming 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people.

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With a nights stay at the Desert Night Camp, I would really like to stay here !

Then onto Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Where my first place to visit would be the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, it looks so beautiful !

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Then on Doha in Qatar, this is a modern city on Doha Bay. Ringing its downtown waterfront are numerous parks and the Corniche Promenade. On a man-made island, the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art houses an extensive collection from across the Muslim world. At Souq Waqif, a traditional market, vendors offer goods like clothing, crafts and spices.

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And then onto Bahrain, a nation comprising more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf, has been at the centre of major trade routes since antiquity. In its modern capital, Manama, I would visit the Bahrain National Museum and the Bab el-Bahrain souk.

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Four countries over two weeks, could be a trip in my future. Or I could always add any one of these cities to a long haul deal. Lots of options for us really.  I am really looking forward to visiting these countries !

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